Alto's Odyssey announced for February landing

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  • Thursday, 15 Feb 2018

Alto's Odyssey was first expected midway through 2017. — AFP Relaxnews

Alto's Odyssey was first expected midway through 2017. — AFP Relaxnews

A sequel to chilled-out snowboarding experience Alto's Adventure is arriving Feb 22 and, despite the potential for Winter Olympic synergy, opts for three new environments instead.

Toronto developer Snowman dropped Alto's Adventure in February 2015 to a wave of critical acclaim and popular success; an Android version debuted the following year.

As an endless runner, it provided players with a unique, procedurally generated side-scrolling snowscape to explore in every new play session.

Yet where other endless runners might have leaned into a cycle of player concentration, quick reactions, stress and momentary relief, Alto's Adventure managed to defy genre convention, providing a gentler, more relaxing experience.

Recognising the value of this game's calming aspects, the Snowman studio rolled out a 2016 update that added a special Zen Mode, utterly devoid of scoring mechanisms and power-up items in order to provide an environment even better suited to relaxing, even reflective play.

Not to say there aren't challenges – there are secrets to find, stunts to pull off, coins and animals to collect, characters to unlock, and trick scores to attain.

Now in 2017, Apple has given Alto's Adventure a featured spot on the US App Store's home page since Feb 8, a status that appears likely to last until its long-awaited sequel releases in a week's time.

But where Alto's Adventure majored on snowy themes – an appropriate theme given the current 2018 Winter Olympics – expansive sequel Alto's Odyssey swaps snow-capped mountain for three new environments.

Players will be sandboarding through desert dunes, rocky canyons, and a city dotted with temples, elements from one area blending into the next as progress is made.

Like its predecessor, Alto's Odyssey is being floated as a US$4.99 (RM19.50) flat purchase, and its full trailer, which was published nearly a year after a February 2017 teaser, ends with an invitation to pre-order the game ahead of a Feb 22 App Store release. — AFP Relaxnews